Monday, October 13, 2014

Lake Decor Pins You Love

Every once in a while we find ourselves getting sucked into a social media vacuum.  

Like today.  I was looking for a specific pin and ended up spending the better part of an hour looking at lake boards on Pinterest and swooning over pin after pin after pin that I love. 

A time waster?  I think not - turns out it was the perfect inspiration for this lake decor blog post. 

Lakehouse Outfittters on Pinterest keeps surprising me.  Some of our pins are over 2 years old and yet they keep earning your Pins as you buy your first lake house, update your current lake house or make plans for your future lake house.  We love that you come to Lakehouse Outfitters on Pinterest to start collecting your lake house decor ideas.   

I'm fond of saying that decorating at the lake is so much fun because you don't have to follow any rules.  If you like it, do it!

Here are a few of your favorite pins from Our Boards

Personalized Oars for Boys Bedroom at the lake
Always a favorite MOM pin - a great idea for the boys room at the lake house

Grandpa's Tackle Box
Vintage Fishing tackle boxes on display at the lake house
Possibly our most pinned pin.  We saw this idea of displaying vintage wooden boxes on traditional built
in bookcases and pinned that we'd steal the idea using vintage fishing tackle boxes.  Inspired
by the fact that I have my grandfather's tackle box on the shelves in my office.
Complete with the original key.

white draperies hung high above the windows on long rod
Apparently we're not the only one loving this look!  

lake house and boat house decor using repurposed items
One of our first pins we titled:  New life for an old friend.
Grouping vintage orphans such as a 1/2 cowl and single wood ski along side
a rustic sign works at the boat house as well as the lake house.

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 On Cocktail Time - this little life ring has gotten some attention.
Be sure to follow us on Pinterest - and if you have a lake board, we'll follow you too!
In the meantime, we have a little gift for you.  A free 8 x 10 printable download Lakehouse Outfitters orginal art offer.

Happy Lake-Orating!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures - From the Mitten State

Michigan, the mitten state

As Janeen and I were first getting to know each other, emailing back and forth she would often sign her emails, with something like, Smiles & Splashes from The Mitten or Thanks and Love from The Mitten.  

I thought this was so cute and after a few emails I wrote back that I'd love to know how she got her nickname.

(duh) When you look at the map it's pretty hard to miss!  

I'm sure she laughed all day over this reply, yet she was kind in her response and educating me that she was referring to her home state Michigan the mitten state.  Oh dear, I have so much to learn and couldn't be happier with my Mitten Mentor, Janeen.

This summer, Janeen was definitely On Lake Time enjoying lake life and taking advantage of the beautiful Lake Country surrounding her home.  She and her hubs spent a few weekends visiting some of their favorite Michigan destinations and we're so lucky she's willing to share her adventure with us.

One such weekend they visited Glen Arbor.  Janeen says this is one of their favorite small towns within a couple hours drive from home.

 They enjoyed lunch at Art's Tavern. Art's Tavern has been serving Glen Arbor Michigan visitors for over 80 years!  (If you visit, Janeen suggests the yummy whitefish dip made with fresh whitefish from Lake Michigan)

Also included in their day was a stop to 
Cherry Republic one of Janeen's favorite stores to shop as they just happen to make her favorite Michigan wine. Cherry Balaton.  As I was looking at their website I couldn't help noticing the dark chocolate covered cherry's.  Oh my. 

Here are a few pictures from Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures from The Mitten.
Glen Arbor Outing

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Janeen modeling LakeHouse Outfitters lake life apparel on the deck overlooking Historic Fishtown in Leland

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We hope you love Janeen's photos as much as we do, including the one of Janeen pointing to the spot on the map of Michigan (on the giant hanging cherry) where she lives.  I spy the red mitten.

Janeen points out that Michigan is the only state that you can hold up your hand and point to where you live! 

Hands to show where you live in Michigan, Michigan, Great Lakes

We all love our lakes, that's the common thread that weaves us together.  If you haven't yet shopped our website and specifically the Shop By Lake category where we offer a dozen products printed with YOUR LAKE map you really should check it out.  

Here's an example of a lake art coaster set for the Great Lakes region, and a very visible mitten.  

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Go to Shop By Lake - CLICK HERE

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Lake House Decor Coupon You'll Want to Clip

A Short Story:

Yesterday we received an offer from our vendor to buy this popular lake decor sign at a discounted wholesale price.  It's a long story that we don't have all the details on except for the fact that they (the vendor) has been caught by the Go Jump In The Lake police and are discontinuing all of their items that have this saying.

They are no longer allowed to sell items that read:  Go Jump In the Lake

Go Figure.

We took them up on their offer and are passing the discount along to our customers.
Here's The Deal:

Lake Decor Item:  Go Jump In The Lake Box Sign
Retails for $28.00
This Month You Can Buy For Only $14.00 when you use our coupon code.
This item is being discontinued.  When they're gone, they're gone.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Guest Article - How To Create A Lake House That Works For Everyone

As a small business owner, it's such a compliment to have someone write about us and quote our Crew Boss, Cindy. Thanks to Jessica Johnson for including Lakehouse Outfitters in her recent article about lake life.

August 26, 2014

Decorating the lake house is a hassle... said no one ever. In fact, if you’re anything like Cindy at Lakehouse Outfitters, you think of it as a joy and are excited because you have more "creative freedom" than you do with a traditional house in the city/suburbs. Creating a lake house that works for everyone is all about a relaxed, fun, family friendly environment where the "rules of decor" are often thrown out the window. Here's a few tips on how to:

Create a Lake House That Works for Everyone

personalized vintage lake signs, signs for the lake house, lake house signsSo, what's the first thing that you do after you buy a lake house?
Buy a personalized sign! Nothing says welcome home like a sign made just for you. According to Cindy, “we hear this time and time and time again... I'm closing on a lake house and the first thing I'm going to do once the papers are signed is buy a sign”. Their best selling Lake House Sign, says Cindy is RED STRIPE #570. It has three lines to
personalize, is available in wood or metal and comes in three sizes. The colors are rich and the subject matter is great, too. Starting at $81.00, there’s no wonder why this particular sign is so popular.

The next thing you do is buy a boat or PWC. Anyone can learn how to operate personal watercraft vehicles, or PWCs safely. Older adults and individuals as young as 13 can take the $20 state boater education course online. After passing the test, you can lawfully operate powerboats, PWCs, and windblown vessels anywhere on state waters forever since the card never expires.

This is when you realize that you need a boat lift. It is essential that you have a reliable way to secure your new PWCs for both long term storage and during storms. According to Shane, an executive at Legacy Lifts a Texas-based custom cargo lifts company, an example of reliable components are those "built from T6 Aluminum and welded seams, custom-sized to your boat ". Very James Bond-like.

The next thing is to have a party. Inviting all your friends over at once makes the most since for a lake house warming; but definitely try to keep your clean up to a minimum. Shatterproof wine glasses and multiple towel racks are some essentials to get you started. Broken glass and water is not something you want your guests tracking all through your house. Trust me.

Finally, you realize it's true

you never know how many friends you have until you own a lake house

Let’s discuss what first things you did after buying a lake house in the comments below...

About the author: Jessica Johnson is a freelance writer and fellow lake house lover. Follow her on Twitter.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Janeen's Adventures On Lake Time - Tall Ship Manitou

Our lake life apparel cover girl and travel correspondent Janeen has delivered on her promise to take us along as she visits some of the most beautiful, interesting, quaint and quirky places in Northern Michigan.

Today, we share her photo journal from a recent visit to Northern Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay to setsail on the Tall Ship Manitou. 

Welcome Aboard, we hope you enjoy being On Lake Time (from wherever you are at this very moment) and the beauty of Lake Michigan!

TALL SHIP MANITOU - Grand Traverse Bay - Go Jump In the Lake T Shirt

Tall Ship Manitou - Lake Michigan - Grand Traverse Bay - Sailing

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Sailboats - Lake Michigan - Sailing Lake Michigan - Grand Travers Bay

We learned ONLINE Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800’s “coasting” cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Specifically designed for passenger service, her hull was constructed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1983 and finished by Vermont carpenters on Lake Champlain. With a 59 passenger capacity, there is plenty of space for sitting and moving around the decks while under sail. Her overall length of 114 feet, beam of 21 feet, and displacement of nearly 100 tons ensures a comfortable, relaxing motion, soothing to both landlubbers and “old salts” alike.

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Thanks to Janeen for sharing her Adventures On Lake Time and for being such a great advocate and Cover Girl for Lakehouse Outfitters.

If you like the Go Jump In the Lake T-shirt Janeen is wearing you can see it HERE

Lakehouse Outfitters Lake Life Apparel
Designed and Worn by Women Who Live At The Lake

Happy Sailing,


Friday, August 15, 2014

Meet Janeen, Lakehouse Outfitters Lake Life Apparel Cover Girl . . . and Lake Life Correspondent!

This blog post is a story about how one act of kindness on social media has developed into a new found friendship and an ongoing photo shoot showcasing the beauty of the mitten state, also known as the great state of Michigan all while donning Lakehouse Outfitters lake wear.
Live Love Lake T-Shirt Lake Life Apparel

In early July, we found this post on our facebook page.

Love my new "Live Love Lake" shirt from Lakehouse Outfitters! We live on one of Northern Michigan's beautiful inland lakes, I get lots of compliments when I wear this shirt!! Thanks for the cool design!!  Janeen

To say this simple post "made our day" would be an understatement.  

A few weeks later, another friend who's also a customer commented " wasn't that the best photo of your customer from Michigan?  You should ask her to send you more photos wearing your tee shirts."

And so we did.

A simple offer - If we send you a few garments every now and then, would you mind taking photos when the opportunity is right and allowing us use them in our new lake apparel campaign?

Lake Life Apparel.  
Designed and Worn by Women Who Live At The Lake.

The answer was YES!  Therefore. . . 

Meet Janeen, Lakehouse Outfitters Lake Life Apparel Cover Girl . . . and Lake Life Correspondent!

Crawford Lake, Michigan - On Lake Time Tank Top - Lake Life Apparel

Janeen and her husband and 2 year old live full time on Crawford Lake in Kalkaska, Michigan one of Michigan's beautiful inland lakes.

Crawford Lake - Kalkaska Michigan - The Mitten State

The Mitten State - Chocolate Lab at the Lake - Crawford Lake, Michigan

BTW - their 2 year old is a chocolate lab named Bo

They love lake living because of all the natural beauty that surrounds them every day! The sunsets & sunrises on the lake are breathtaking! They have a pair of Bald Eagles that nest on their lake that they enjoy watching and have watched them raise two eaglets.  

Janeen talks about what a thrill it is to see them first as a baby in the nest and then soaring over their lake, fishing with their Mom and Dad. Janeen enjoys photography and has taken some amazing photos of the eagles.

Bald Eagles On Crawford Lake, Michigan

Pair of Bald Eagles, Crawford Lake, Michigan

Soaring Bald Eagle - Crawford Lake, Michigan

"Living on the lake has made us slow down and enjoy every minute of the day!Whether it's Spring, Summer Winter or Fall, we love lake living in Northern Michigan!"

Put your feet up and relax you are at the lake, fireside lake life

In early August Janeen was On Lake Time along the beaches of Lake Michigan and promises to share her photos from Grand Traverse Bay on the Tall Ship Manitou.  Stay with us and read more about Janeen's Adventures On Lake Time!

Happy Weekend,


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lake House Decor - what canoe do with the things you love? We show you here

If you own a lake house you probably spend a good amount of time searching for the perfect lake house decor.  Searching, seeking, picking and digging is part of the experience and can be oh so rewarding.

When asked what makes decorating the lake house any different than a "regular" house my answer is always the same.  "You don't want your lake house to look like your regular house."

Case in point.

Would you want this for your regular house entry?

No?  But wouldn't it make a fantastic entry at the lake? This entry would set the stage for the lake house decor once your guests pass the threshold.

Now let's say you were looking for a focal point for an entry.  Well, at your regular house I doubt if your decorator would suggest hanging a boat or canoe from the ceilings.  But here...lake house decor rules the roost!

Just add lighting for an amazing chandelier

And who wouldn't want this for their study or work room at the lake or cabin?

Finally, we all know all to well that you never know how many friends you have until you own a lake house.  It's a corny saying that holds a lot of truth.  So entertaining guests might be high on your priority lists and (again) we want it to reflect our love of the lake.

Entertaining made easy  = serve yourself.  
And there's no better beverage vessel than one that used to float.  Just look at what you canoe with these vintage boats.  And if you happen to operate an event or catering company that caters to lake loving clients - one of these is a must have.  Perfect for a lakeside wedding or family reunion.

Click here to view our Vintage Boat Inventory

And for all other lake house decor please visit us online where you'll find our most popular lake decor items available 24/7.  

Happy Lakeorating!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Buzz Off - a guide to mosquito free lake time

We will get right to the point of this blog post.  
Mosquitoes can ruin most any outing in a matter of minutes.


One minute your family is frolicking at the water's edge the next minute they are stampeding to the lake house for cover.  

As we interviewed our customers about their frustrations with lake life we heard a lot about mosquitoes, "the mosquitoes in Northern MN!! If someone could figure out how to get rid of them they'd be rich"

Well, we don't know how to get rid of them.  

But we do have some ideas on repellent worthy of your consideration.  And because we have grandchildren who want to spend every waking moment outside playing until the sun sets (the prime time to get bit) we are reluctant to spray them with commercial chemicals such as DEET so we opt for a more homeopathic approach.  

Lakehouse Outfitters gives you three ways to avoid and repel mosquitoes to insure a more enjoyable time at the lake (or cabin, or backyard or where ever).

1.  Stay indoors and make homemade lemonade and chocolate chip cookies; two activities everyone can participate in and enjoy as an alternative to being bitten mosquitoes.  Probably not what you were looking for but doesn't that sound yummy?

2.  Arm yourself with a small yet powerful bottle of doTerra TerraShield.   
Protect yourself and your family with doTerra essential oils! TerraShield essential oil blend contains 15 essential oils that have been proven to be more effective at repelling biting insects than synthetic repellents. Just a small amount smoothed on your skin, behind your ears, neck, inside elbows and knees will provide powerful coverage for up to 6 hours.  And it smells good - the bugs won't like it but you will.  You can find it online - I just bought two bottles, one for the lake house and one for my daughter's house for the grand daughters.  We were out on her patio the other night and the girls were getting bit like mad, which makes Kiki mad!


3.  Whip up a batch of All-Natural Homemade Bug Spray that works - we found this easy recipe online thanks to Wellness Mama. Note: She's also using essential oils

Wellness Mama Bug Spray Ingredients:

  • Essential Oils choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
  • Natural Witch Hazel
  • Distilled or boiled Water
  • Vegetable glycerin (optional)

How to Make Homemade Bug Spray:

  1. Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
  2. Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
  3. Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using
  4. Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus… it works great and smells good too!
Check out more recipes including her super strong insect repellent that STINKS by clicking Her Blog Here

And if you're still bugged by all of this - we've included the gardeners guide to keeping pests off plants.  Thanks doTerra!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Step By Step Homemade Tortilla Chip Recipe - WARNING may become addictive

Have you ever had a food craving only to realize your pantry (or fridge) was void of this item?

It seems to happen to us all the time which is a bummer because we are lazy and don't want to make a special trip to the grocery.  So most of the time, we go without.

One such evening, with a Lakehouse Outfitters Signature margarita in hand we were craving tortilla chips and homemade salsa (or pico as we like to call it) only to open the pantry door to discover the bag of chips had mysteriously disappeared.  hmmmmm.

Devastated, my husband reached for the corn tortillas and exclaimed "I bet you could make them!" A redemption attempt perhaps?

In any case, this is when we discovered how easy and delicious home made tortilla chips are and how impressed our guests are when they come to the lake for happy hour to find me slaving over a hot stove making homemade tortilla chips.  They are oh so delish and oh so easy.  

Step 1:  Buy Corn Tortillas and Crisco and keep them in your pantry as a stock item.


Step 2:  When ready to treat yourself or your guests grab a heavy pan or dutch oven to use as your fryer.

Step 3:  Melt the Crisco until very hot, but not smoking 

Step 4:  Remove the corn tortillas from the package and cut the entire stack into triangles


Step 5:  Scatter the triangles on top of the hot oil until a single layer has formed.  cook until the tortilla starts to bubble and brown and then turn and cook the other side until the desired color and crisp is attained.


 Remove from oil and let rest on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil and salt to taste.  Transfer into serving bowl and expect nibblers - the warm chips are irresistible.


 REPEAT until all chips are cooked.

Once all the chips are cooked and seasoned, simply serve with your favorite salsa and a Lakehouse Outfitters Signature Margarita.

Don't have the LHO Margarita recipe? Click HERE

Enjoy - I'm off to melt some Crisco!